Sometimes it’s fun to just jump into a game and dick around, smash some things up, create chaos around you. The Grand Theft Auto games are an excellent example of this. Sometimes I just like to drive around, crash into cars, cause as many explosions as I can. Or when playing Skyrim I’ll roll into Whiterun and kill everyone I can before getting cut down by the guards. There are times when you just want to switch off and play. Goat Simulator is the perfect game for those times.
The setup is genius in its simplicity: you’re a goat. You run around, kicking or headbutting things. Your tongue is sticky and super strong, allowing you to pull stuff around with you. The stuff smashes into other stuff and causes explosions. It’s immense fun.
The physics in Goat Simulator is the source of this fun. Cars fly across the screen in explosive fireballs, bodies ragdoll into building and crumple in a heap. At one point the goat aquires a jet pack (as you do), and can fly halfway across the map in a spiral of chaos. You get points for the destuction, stringing combos together created by your kicks, headbutts, or jumps. The physics implementation causes some weird gameplay bugs occasionally, but this adds to the charm and the developers Coffee Stain Studios have said they’ll only fix game-breaking issues.
There’s not much depth to the game beyond the destruction, however fun it is. You can unlock new goats and complete challenges but at the moment it feels a bit thin. However, there’s a lot of fun to be had blowing stuff up with the goat of destruction and there’s the possibility of multiplayer in the future.
For 10 bucks or £7 you get the ultimate dicking around game. Not too bad.Colin Le Sueur